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Friday, August 4, 2023

Joyous and Gloomy

You will get more accustomed to this kind of understanding of life, and some day you will actually experience and enjoy this kind of paradoxical world. The enjoyment we mean is completely different from that meant by people who just dwell on a one-sided understanding of life. Buddhists on the one hand sometimes look like very joyous people. On the other hand we are very dismal and gloomy people [laughter.] This is also double structure.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.

Shunko Mike Jamvold with Mitsu Suzuki - Fall 2015?